Max Verstappen enters the 2022 Formula 1 season as a favourite. However, the Dutchman is keeping a close eye on the other teams, especially Ferrari.
In 2021, after an intense rivalry with Lewis Hamilton, Max Verstappen was crowned F1 World Champion for the first time in his career. Now the Dutchman goes into the start of the Formula One 2022 season as a favourite.
The Red Bull driver will be keen to defend his title, especially against a determined Lewis Hamilton. However, Max Verstappen is keeping a close eye on the other teams. As a result, the Dutchman was pleasantly surprised by Ferrari’s progress. The 24-year-old driver has set a date with the Scuderia in Bahrain for the first Grand Prix of the year.
“Ferrari seems to be consistently fast. We’ll see next week who is faster.”
“It’s always difficult to say who is the fastest,” admitted Verstappen to Motorsport.com,
“But what I’ve noticed and what is great to see for Formula 1 is that Ferrari seems consistently fast. It shows that they clearly have a stable car at the moment.
“It looks good for them, they have had very few problems as well. We’ll see next week who’s faster, but so far they’ve had a very good test,” said Verstappen.
Certainly Verstappens observations seem to ring true in terms of testing laps. Over the course of the two tests, Carlos Sainz (1,399 miles/2,251 kms) completed the most, ahead of George Russell (1,368 miles/2,202 kms) and Pierre Gasly (1,281 miles/2,062 kms). Ferrari marginally edged out Mercedes, the Italian team completing 2,650 miles of testing (4,264 kms), while the German team manged 2,616 miles (4,210 kms).